South Africa counted among the winners at the ITF Young Seniors World Individual Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Prinsloo twins, Dedri and Lindi, from Paarl in the Western Cape, clinched the Women’s 40 doubles title in a hard-fought final played at the Western Province Cricket Club courts. The unseeded Prinsloo sisters recorded an upset 75 62 win against the second seeds Silvina Delgado, of Argentina, and Latvia’s Vlada Kirilovska.
After a close-shave 75 first-set win, fatigue set in on both sides and drawn out second-set games seemed to take a lot more out of the legs. However, in the end, a mixture of desperation and urgent desire saw the South Africans through to a match-winning end.
On the adjacent court, the European pairing of Barbara Mulej, of Slovenia, and Dutchman Bart Beks lifted the Mixed Doubles 40 title. They were the top seeds and just managed to shade their unseeded opponents Stefanie Kolar, of Germany and Australian Toby Mitchell 10-8 in the decisive tiebreak after each team had claimed a set.
It was the second time in two days that the top-seeded pairing of Mulej and Beks had emerged triumphant in a tie-break but Thursday’s championship winning one at 06 64 [10-8] was all the sweeter.
Over at the Kelvin Grove courts, South Africa’s women’s 35 doubles duo met their match against Germany in a final of two unseeded teams.
Germany’s Manon Kruse and Gitte Moeller produced a workmanlike performance against local duo Izelle Troskie and Shani van der Merwe for a 62 63 championship win.
Meanwhile, at the Western Province Tennis headquarters, South Africa’s mixed doubles 45 team, seeded fifth, upset the form book to eclipse the second-seeded Dutch team in the final, which for most of the way was a ding-dong affair.
Lettica Venter and Bruce Young defeated Eva Haslinghuis and Marcus Hilpert of Netherlands 75 36 [10-3] after a strong showing in the decisive tie-break, fighting back superbly after losing the second set.
In the Women’s 45 doubles final the unseeded Rosanne Duke and Rene Plant lost to the third seeds Lettica Venter and Annerie Wessels.
From a local point of view, there was great disappointment when South Africa’s best singles hope Jacqueline Booth, the Women’s 45 third seed, was defeated 76 61 by Spanish second seed Ana Salas-Lozano in a semifinal encounter.
source: ITF Seniors